You’ve Got to Move It, Move It
Since most of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work, here are a number of ways you, as an employer, can encourage employees to find the time and increase movement even during the work day:
- Host a 4-week walking challenge.
This is a fun, easy challenge to implement that does a great job in raising awareness and encouraging employees to get up and get going! A little friendly competition can go a long way.
- Implement walking meetings.
Invite a co-worker to join you for a walking break, meeting or appointment. Some of my most productive meetings have been walking meetings – they get the creative juices flowing!
- Get rid of the stairwell stigma.
If you have a stairwell, challenge employees to use it every day instead of the elevator for one week. You can post fun facts on the walls of the stairwell for motivation, or play music.
- Set up a walking route.
Map out a 1 or 2 mile walking route around your office or facility. Use this walking route to encourage employees to walk on their lunch break, before work or after work. You can even offer bonus breaks specifically for walking.
- Invest in pedometers or activity-tracking devices.
Giving employees a tool to record their steps walked and activity throughout the day provide a big bang without spending big bucks. 10,000 steps per day is the recommended amount of activity. However, just getting 500 or 1,000 extra steps a day can have great benefits.
I want to leave you with one of my favorite videos that has stuck with me since the first time I saw it years ago. This is a great video to share with your employees
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